Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Let God break the outer man so that the inner man can flourish.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.”
The true servant will be with Christ in the place of obedience to the great power experiment of the PPOG.
Life is in the grain. However, there is a very powerful shell outside of the grain that must be broken so that nutrients can flow to the inner grain.
The action of temperature and moisture of the earth, analogous to suffering and understanding for the believer, results in the breaking of the shell.
It is not a matter of whether or not the grain has life; all believers do, but whether the outer shell is broken.
In order for the inner life to be released, the outer life must suffer loss.
For those who make BD their #1 priority God can break the outer shell and the life of Christ within can be released. For those who do not make BD #1 the life of Christ within will remain imprisoned.
For all of us we have amazing power within, and for some of us that power is locked up within us because we choose us instead of Him.
The Lord is ready and able to bless every one of us beyond what we could think or imagine, but if His life is imprisoned within a self life then He must patiently wait to pour out these blessings.
ISA 30:18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.
If the outer man is not broken we can never be a blessing to the church and the RFOG, and we can never expect the world to receive God’s grace through us!
And while He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head.
Unless the alabaster vial is broken the ointment of pure nard cannot be released, which is a fragrant aroma to the Lord.
Alabaster is costly, but not as important as the perfume inside, yet some admire the alabaster vial more than the perfume. Some think the outer man is more precious than the inner man.
The Holy Spirit never stops working. We face one trial after another and another. He has one goal in mind in all His disciplining work: to break and dismantle the outer man so that the inner man can break forth.
Often, as soon as God’s hand is on us we become unhappy.
2 Co 4:7-8 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing;
Let the affliction and defeat and confusion do what it is meant to do; release the surpassingly great power of God within.
When the Lord opens our eyes, we will see everything that has happened to us throughout our lives as meaningful.
First He breaks us in a cumulative way, and second, He breaks us in a sudden way.
We cannot reduce the time this breaking takes, but we can extend this time when we murmur and complain in negative volition.
EPH 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast.
MAR 15:30 “Save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”
For the new believer his first years of study in Bible doctrine will give him an understanding of what really occurred on the cross = Soteriology (the doctrines of salvation.)
The breaking of the outer man occurs before any suffering comes. The first steps in the CWL are understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ and this begins the breaking process.
The broken outer man of the unwise, the non-mighty, the non-noble, the weak allows the release of the powerful inner man, which shames the world that glorifies the strength of the flesh.
JOH 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”
Besides understanding of the mystery doctrines of the N.T. God further breaks the outer man through suffering.
1. At the Rapture the believer who has through understanding and suffering been able to release the power of his inner man rejoices at the appearing of his Savior.
2. At spiritual maturity the believer who has through understanding and suffering been able to release the power of his inner man rejoices at the revelation of Christ’s full glory in his own heart.
In God’s faithfulness He can only do what is right, and that includes the suffering that we experience.